Biometrics: Bodies, Technologies, Biopolitics / Edition 1

Biometrics: Bodies, Technologies, Biopolitics / Edition 1

by Joseph Pugliese
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Taylor & Francis


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Biometrics: Bodies, Technologies, Biopolitics / Edition 1

Biometric technologies, such as finger- or facial-scan, are being deployed across a variety of social contexts in order to facilitate and guarantee identity verification and authentication. In the post-9/11 world, biometric technologies have experienced an extraordinary period of growth as concerns about security and screening have increased. This book analyses biometric systems in terms of the application of biopolitical power – corporate, military and governmental – on the human body. It deploys cultural theory in examining the manner in which biometric technologies constitute the body as a target of surveillance and as a data-information object. The book thereby provides a comprehensive overview and critical analysis of both the local and global ramifications of biometric technologies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415874878
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/20/2010
Series: Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Joseph Pugliese is Associate Professor in the Department of Critical and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Biopolitics of Biometrics 1. A Genealogy of Biometric Technologies 2. The Biometrics of Infrastructural Whiteness 3. "Identity Dominance": Biometrics, Biosurveillance, Terrorism and War 4. Identity Fraud and Imposture: Biometrics, the Metaphysics of Presence and the Alleged Liveness of the "Live" Evidentiary Body 5. Neurotechnologies of Truth: Brain Fingerprinting’s Neurognomics and No Lie MRI’s Digital Phrenology. Epilogue.

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